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Magic Lantern is Coming to the Canon 7D

09.18.12 @ 1:59PM Tags : , , , , , ,

First it was the 5D Mark III getting Magic Lantern support. Now it seems like the impossible has finally happened. Bart over at Magic Lantern sent an email early this morning confirming that Magic Lantern has indeed been ported over to the Canon 7D and most (if not all) of the features should work sometime in the near future. Click through for more details on this exciting announcement.

Here is what they had to say:

Since then, we had little or no idea about how to solve this puzzle, until last week, when g3gg0 had an Aha! moment and discovered how to load Canon firmware from autoexec.bin code. The first analysis shows that porting is straightforward (more or less), and most features will work without major code changes, as Magic Lantern does not have to run on both DIGIC processors. Basic features such as zebra and focus peaking are already working, so you may expect an alpha version to be available soon.

Magic Lantern – Canon EOS 7D Demo Video — from :

This is good news for a lot of folks with the 7D who’ve been anxiously awaiting all of the same features that the other Canon cameras have been given. The 7D is the most fully-featured of the DSLRs, especially since it can actually output a 720p image while recording, whereas the other Canon DSLRs (besides the Mark III and the higher-end 1D X and Mark IV) cannot.

From the quote it doesn’t seem like it will be all that long before 7D users will get the firmware, and this could mean a second-life for many owners of that camera who aren’t looking forward to upgrading anytime soon. This is definitely good news, and we’ll update as soon as the hack becomes available to download. Head on over to the Magic Lantern site for more information and to find out how you can support the team.

Link: Magic Lantern on 7D ? YES ! – Magic Lantern Website


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  • Aha!

  • Hdmi output or is that a pipedream too?

  • Wait!? – it’s not April 1st is it?

  • john jeffreys on 09.18.12 @ 2:51PM

    WOW I was not expecting this…

  • ron johnson on 09.18.12 @ 2:57PM

    Can anyone shed light on how much better the 7d will be?

  • And now we play the waiting game…

  • Please visit Magic Lantern Forum for the latest development news, all interesting findings/feature requests are posted there. There are many exciting things going on with Magic Lantern :-)

  • I just bought a 60d specifically to run Magic Lantern, this is great news as I have been running the 7d for two years, and don’t want to change just yet, it’s working great for me. The addition of ML will be fantastic, I love it on the 60d and bought the advance release for a job I was working on, great software!


  • Here’s a video of g3gg0 testing the firmware.

  • Awesome news, very exciting!

  • One thing I always had in my head: If ML can add all these goodies through a simple firmware, why can’t Canon do it?

  • Great for old 7Ds, but why not just get a new Pano GH3? Sounds like it’s less than the (by today’s standards) very old 7D. It apparently doesn’t have significant moires and aliasing (we’ll see). It’s got bigger files from a better codec. And it outputs full resolution via HDMI.

    I love what you can do with old Canon cameras via Magic Lantern and Mosaic Engineering, but why deal with all these work-arounds when relatively cheap new hardware seems to work right out of the gate?

    • (a) …because the GH3 isn’t out yet…


      (b) this free ML hack is for the countless models already sold over the past 2+ years.

      No one is saying RUSH OUT AND BUY A 7D because there’s a new hack for it!

  • Because I own a 7D, and I’m scared to buy a camera because it seems a new one is coming out every week. Why rush out and buy a G3H when I can get by with my 7D and wait a while :P

  • I could have used this 3 years ago. I’m not sure why the 7D was not a priority for ML after the 5D hack. Either way i have been done with canon with video for a while now. The 7D was garbage for video the week it came out. It probably still sucks even with this hack. The moire killed many of my early DSLR shoots(fashion,glamour).

    • Mikko Löppönen (@hmcindie) on 09.19.12 @ 1:49AM

      You do realize that this doesn’t help moire at all? Funny how I’ve gotten commercials through to channels with the 7d but you can’t shoot some fashion with it. Oh well.

    • stop shooting your fashion spots against a brick wall with no DOF

      • My first ever shoot was against a white wall indoors. The fine texture of the matte paint caused the moire. That This was the week they came out. I bought one of the first batch at Andorama in NYC and had a very early serial. That had to have been 3 years ago it seems. At that time no one knew shit about the cameras glaring shortcomings. It bit me in the ass and all the video was deemed worthless. Photos were great though. Most people are now working with 3 years of built up knowledge of what the 7d can and can’t do. As an early adopter who came from small chip ccd cameras this meant that we now had to work with compromises and workarounds whereas before we had no compromises except the lack of shallow dof. These cameras still suck for video (the gh2 does pretty well though).

  • hasnt the 7d firmware been available for some time now? I’ve used it before during the 1.1.0 build–it didnt allow for EVERYTHING which came to be known under magiclantern, but it DID exist–check “available firmwares” and their dates. we shot EASY LIFE (new feature film) on 7d spring last year. is this new development directly because you had to replace the firmware on the camera instead of appending to it?

  • Great! I am mostly hoping for some new still photography features like extended exposure bracketing with up to 11 shots. Something that Canon should have included a long time ago!

  • WOOOOHOOOOO!!! finally!!

  • Yay! Been hanging out for this!!!

  • Sweet! Hopefully the T4i will be up on deck soon. Although, I’m seriously thinking about the new 6D. The price and features are attractive.

  • Wow, I had decided to not pay attention to camera news of the last couple months. Today I saw this in your email update and upon reading it was almost moved to tears. I love my 7D!